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Johnson County Won't Pursue Ban On Plastic Bags

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Leaders in Johnson County say they won't pursue a ban on plastic bags, but will instead focus on voluntary measures to decrease their use.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County says communities have indicated they aren't ready for such a regulation. But many expressed interest in enhancing recycling efforts.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports county officials have been considering a ban for months. It was pushed by the environmental group 100 Grannies for a Livable Future.

Some group members expressed disappointment in the decision, but said they will look for other avenues to keep plastic bags out of landfills.

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